Unlimited [Wide Open]

Gold Brush Stroke

From the time she was 2 years old, my daughter’s abilities were defined by “professionals.” They gave us parameters as to what she likely would be able to do and those things she wouldn’t. Rachel--high five

As her confused and lost parents, it was easy to buy into those sentences. However, as we have grown through the years in both our understanding of who Rachel is and who the God is we serve, those pronouncements no longer set the boundaries for her.

We often do the same thing to ourselves. In our own power we are so weak. We look at what we are unable to do in our own power, neglecting to look toward the source of true power.

When we focus on God as our source of strength, the opportunities are endless. The possibilities are wide open.

It’s about perspective and shifting our gaze. Don’t listen too closely to what the “professionals” say you can or cannot do. Listen to the One who really matters. Follow His leading.

And know that

“… with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Share in the Discussion: How have you been limited by what others thought? Are there tips you can give for staying focused on God, the true source of our strength?

Linking with Lisa-Jo on the prompt “wide” for

Five Minute Friday

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  1. Natasha Metzler on September 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

    So, so good. Makes me think of a little girl named Leah, the daughter of a friend. She fell from a hay elevator when she was 2 years old and sustained extensive brain damage. The doctors said she would never regain her ability to walk or understand right from wrong. She eventually was able to re-learn to walk and run with the help of braces (which she now “forgets” to wear) and when they put her in school at age 5– a teacher said, “I believe she can still learn.” The teacher was right. 🙂 God is good and miracles are always possible.

    • juliesunne on September 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Amen, Natasha! Thanks for the reminders.

  2. Gina on September 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    The look on your daughter’s face in the photo is amazing! You can tell she’s very pleased with her accomplishment. I very much enjoyed your five minute write. I do believe in “Listen to the One who really matters.” I have to keep reminding myself of this daily. Thank you for the reminder today.


    • juliesunne on September 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Gina! Rachel completely missed the goal, but she loves the attention. You are not alone; I am constantly reminding myself to listen for God’s voice.

  3. Denise on September 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Really good post.

    • juliesunne on September 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Denise.

  4. Debbie Sumstad Petras on September 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

    What a beautiful illustration for wide! With God all things are possible.

    • juliesunne on September 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Amen, Debbie! Thanks.

  5. Sara on September 24, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Amen! With God all things are possible.

    • juliesunne on September 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I can’t add anything more to what you’ve said, Sara. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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